I am a highly enthusiastic student whose work has been recognised internally as well as through external competitions. Providing me with the opportunity to complete a two-week footwear course in Italy.
Highlights of my degree include Live Industry set briefs, providing an insight into the footwear industry from the briefing through to research, design, and a finished sample prototype. University has helped me develop a wide and unique range of skills and experience. Self-taught myself in using Procreate whilst studying at university. This has helped develop my illustration techniques. My personal interests include travel, which has led me to work abroad through the Camp America program as a lifeguard and cabin counselor.
I am proposing an investigation into how the Ancient Greeks produced art that can be influential in the modern design world, and how my own research into Ancient Greek can influence a collection of designs for my final project. I will be producing a range for womenswear. The range will be a semi-formal collection with varying heel heights and silhouettes. My collection will integrate the raw and antique feel of Ancient Greece to create designs with subtle nods to the theme.
My inspiration includes influences from Greek architecture, artifacts, and ancient fashion. My collection is created with the use of vegetable-tanned leather, which is highly versatile and possesses unique qualities that contribute to its charm. The use of vegetable-tanned leather complements my theme due to its organic and natural characteristics, providing a connection with ancient manufacture.
My design features an extension up the front and back of the shoe. Blocking would be required for my designs to obtain their shape. The vegetable-tanned leather is soaked in warm water and stretched over a surface e.g. the last. Tacks hold the shape, and then the leather is left to dry. Once the leather has dried the leather will remain in the shape it has been molded around. Blocking can also be used to create bossing/embossing in the leather. Stitch detail can be used to help hold the form in shape. The image is a sample I created, demonstrating blocking of the leather to the shape of the last.